Copper Project Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Copper Project, or simply Copper, is a web-based productivity software that can be deployed as software-as-a-service (SaaS) or hosted on the customer’s server within their office. It simplifies workflow with its project management, collaboration, and time and expense tracking features. It is easy to use because of an intuitive interface and centralized repository, so users can focus on their business, clients, and profits. Latest version 5 has been released, and it continues to make life simpler for many businesses and organizations as they deliver customer requirements on time and within budget.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Real-time Task Management and Time Tracking – From the To-Do tab of the software’s user interface, a complete list of the tasks assigned to a particular user is shown. Highlighting a task will indicate urgency, and pinning it to a specific user will indicate a required input or dependency. Clicking a task expands it and shows details. A timer can track the time spent on the task. The user can indicate the percent complete of the task as well.
- Flexible Project and File Management – By clicking the Projects tab, the user is taken to the Projects area where all the defined projects, the organization it belongs to, and assigned people are shown. Here, statuses are easily seen with colored indicators. The new Project Timeline feature gives the manager an instant view of the percent completed and delivery dates. On a Drag and Drop Calendar, projects and tasks can be easily transferred to a new position. Secured file management is preserved by allowing files to be attached only to tasks or projects, ensuring right access. It is possible to import or export MS Project XML into Copper, and export Copper projects in CSV and PDF format.
- Simplified Organization, Budgeting, Invoicing, Integration, and Customization – From the People tab, an interface opens with three sub-tabs of People, Organizations, and Timesheets. Copper Project simplifies user, contact, or group management by referring them simply as People or Organizations. A timesheet is created by selecting a name or names and a period of time. Budgets and estimates are easily viewed and created on a per project basis, taking all the hours logged by all involved for that project. The software easily integrates with Xero and QuickBooks. Administrators can customize settings and the interface to reflect preferred currency, time zone, logo, and default language.
Copper Project offers a free 30-day trial period on all plans for customers to give it a try before deciding to sign up. It also offers an installable licensed version when customers prefer to host it using their own servers. The complete source code is given, so the license owners can make their own modifications or request the software company for customization. Signing up requires a credit card number, but will be billed only at the end of the 30-day period upon switching to the preferred paid plan. Subscriptions can be canceled at any time.
Social Network Presence
Copper Project is well suited for creative and development agencies, marketing teams, and small- to mid-sized businesses who offer professional services on a time or project basis. Larger enterprises and organizations preferring on-premise deployment can opt for self-hosted packages.
The software supports English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, and Chinese languages.
Some of their Clients
Clients include OgilvyOne Worldwide, n2design inc, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Une Coleur, Ignition Interactive, Roundhouse, and the Pacific Science Center.
Kym Norris of n2design describes Copper Project as the perfect solution to gain more control of client data, schedules, and project paths.
Tobias Weber from Zurich simply thanked the people of Copper for their great support.
Jason Stoddard of Centric stated that they were glad they found a solution that offers great pricing, a web-based model, and local hosting.
Why Copper Project
Copper Project offers an application that is based on a workflow that businesses follow. It is not just a collection or compilation of cool features, but of features that are based on what people in their day-to-day work really need. The ease-of-use, the flexible pricing, and integration features also help make a sensible productivity tool become even more useful, enabling a lot of people and businesses get things done.
Element Software Pty Ltd is the maker of Copper Project, its flagship product. It is a privately held company based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Element Software was founded in 1999. Its North American office is located at San Francisco. The company launched its PM software in 2001, and has now released version 5 of the product. Under the leadership of CEO Ben Prendergast and a community of users and developers, it continues to explore new ideas based on what features the customer needs the most.